Daily News Digest April 26, 2016

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Daily News Digest April 26, 2016

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Bill of Rights?ImageoftheDat The Dumification of the United StatesImageoftheDay2Quote of the Day:

Defenders of the NSA’s mass spying have lost an important talking point: that the erosion of our privacy and associational rights is justified given the focus of surveillance efforts on combating terrorism and protecting the national security. That argument has always been dubious for a number of reasons. But after a November 2015 ruling [.pdf] by the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) was unsealed last week, it’s lost another chunk of its credibility. The ruling confirms that NSA’s warrantless spying has been formally approved for use in general criminal investigations. The national security justification has been entirely blown. That’s because the secret court, over the objection of its hand-selected amicus, determined that once information is collected by the NSA for “foreign intelligence” purposes under section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, that information can be searched by the FBI for regular criminal investigations without any need for a warrant or prior court oversight. Although the FISC has signed off on the FBI’s procedures claiming this authority for years, this ruling from late 2015 may be the first time the FISC has actually considered their legality. — Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (Secret) Court  Takes Another Bite Out of the Fourth Amendment

Video the Day:

The great Saudi Arabian scam: America’s favorite dictatorship


“Free Love — Not Free Trade”: With Obama En Route, 90,000 March Against TTIP Tens of thousands march in city of Hannover, Germany on Saturday ahead of visit by U.S. president by Jon Queally90.000MarchObama (2008’s ‘Lessor Evil’) — Corporations Über Alles: Calling Corporate-Backed Deals an “Indisputable” Good, Obama Makes Pitch for TTIP: Sitting next to Chancellor Angela Merkel during a summit in Germany, U.S. president continued to ignore opponents as he defended controversial agreement with European nations by  Jon QueallyTTIPI’m on the Kill List. This is what it feels like to be hunted by drones: Friends decline my invitations and I have taken to sleeping outside under the trees, to avoid becoming a magnet of death for my family By Malik JalalHuntedByDronesThe Rich Get Richer: 50 Billionaires Got Federal Farm Subsidies By Robert Coleman FarmSubcidiesOxfam Media Briefing — Broken at the Top: How America’s dysfunctional tax system costs billions incorporate tax dodging TaxDodgingThe Panama Papers: Laundering Havens for War Budgets (Video): In mid-April, economist Michael Hudson told The Real News Network that global oil and mining industries and the U.S. State Department created Panama and Liberia for the express purpose of tax evasion.


Big Brother Department:  Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (Secret) Court  Takes Another Bite Out of the Fourth Amendment By Cindy CohnSecretCourtThe Al-Qaeda Leader Who Wasn’t: the Shameful Ordeal of Abu Zubaydah by Rebecca Gordon


In Flint, they’ll need to go after the bigger fish By Stewart Smith

Indictments don’t absolve Snyder in Flint water crisisStuarSmith Ongoing/Big Energy Disasters!:

Fracking Exec Reportedly Admits Targeting the Poor, Because They Don’t Have ‘The Money To Fight’ By Jessica KozikJessicaKozikFracking Energy News:

07:26 AM EST on April 25th, 2016 | “Dead animals litter California beaches… Alarming phenomenon” — “Graveyard of washed-up sea life” — “Influx of malnourished sea creatures” — Experts: We’re really starting to worry… The animals are starving to death… Covered in sores… Stunted growth… Weak immune systems (VIDEOS)

Black Liberation/Civil Rights:

Stephen Colbert on the Money: Harriet Tubman Will Grace $20 Bills; Now, How About That Wage Gap?StephenColbertLabor:


Retail layoffs in 2016 could be highest since 2010: Bankruptcies and e-commerce shifts are among leading factors By TonyaGarciaRetailLayoffsWorld: 

Destruction of Gaza GazaAmazonian Tribe Seizes Military Helicopter And Takes Government Officials Hostage After Oil Spill by Dane Arr

Protests: A woman painted in black screams as dozens of activists gather in front of Petroperu HQ
Protests: A woman painted in black screams as dozens of activists gather in front of Petroperu HQ

Health, Education, and Welfare:

Detention at a Charter School:Detenion



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